East, Thomas Smeltzar

Regimental Number: 100477; 2288485
Rank: Private
Branch: 66th Battalion; Canadian Forestry Corps

Thomas was born in East Garafraxa, Dufferin County, Ontario on September 26, 1869. In 1895, he married Ann Jane Henderson. Sadly, Ann died in 1913, leaving Thomas a widower with eight children between the ages of 4 and 21 (one of his sons, Lloyd, enlisted as well). Thomas was considered medically unfit due to rheumatism, and was discharged on February 4, 1916, before he ever left Canada. In May 1917 he joined up a second time. This time Thomas made it to England and served with the forestry corps. However, he was once again discharged was because of myalgia and rheumatism in April of 1918. Sometime after this second discharge, he married a woman named Leona. Thomas died on March 11, 1933 and was buried in the Grande Prairie cemetery.